DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – Henry Messer, co-founder of Equality Michigan, died at his suburban Detroit home on Feb. 18. He was 86.
Messer, who was discharged from the U.S. Air Force during World War II because he was gay, was one of the country’s first brain surgeons. He became a member of the Mattachine Society and participated in the Stonewall Riots in 1969.
Messer and his partner of 63 years, Carl House, became involved with the Michigan Organization for Human Rights that became the Triangle Foundation in 1991. The group merged with Michigan Equality in 2010 and became known as Equality Michigan.
Equality Michigan said House was among those who were with Messer when he died.